By the time this post is published, I will be on my way to work. I will have already had enough coffee to fuel a speedboat crossing the Atlantic. I am all ready for a crazy busy day ahead.
It will be eleventh long day in a row. It could be an eight hour day, it could be a ten hour day, it depends on how busy it is. People of London – why don’t you go to the beach on a Saturday? Why do you all come to where I work and ask me to do the impossible???
I am so glad to be pressing the SCHEDULE button on this post. I really did not think I was going to have chance to finish it…but I have cheated by copying and pasting from some of my other posts and I am satisfied that I have put together a half decent post in response to this week’s SHARE-YOUR-WORLD questions provided by Melanie, creator of sparksfromacombustiblemind:
Do you think there is such a thing as a ‘gendered’ brain?
I don’t know the answer to that one. I don’t really understand the question. But men and women, though equal, are different, and that’s a good thing in my book.
I am very cautious about this word “gender” that seems to be used in a rather ambiguous way nowadays. I have no idea what point people are trying to make. But since I was at school the basics in human biology don’t seem to have changed. Humans are amongst other animals which are either male or female. A male and female are needed in order to reproduce. I am a female of the species. And I like that.
I grew up playing football and climbing trees – but I am 100% woman – except that some of my friends used to say that I drive like a man – whatever that means.
What is the silliest fear you have?
Dead things, well more dead animals really. I have worked in palliative care and I became used to helping our dear patients through their last breaths and cleaning them before the undertaker arrived. Being with a human who has died is something I can handle. But if I see a dead animal, I completely have a melt-down of uselessness.
I came home one day and found a brace of pheasants hung up outside my front door. I was aghast and horrified. I thought some wicked person was playing a horrid trick on me. I mean you couldn’t really do something worse to a vegetarian!
However the Lord of the estate told me that it was a thank you from people who roamed the local countryside on shoots and had wandered onto the estate. They apparently give some of the pheasants they have shot as a way of saying thank you for putting up with the noise of the shooting and allowing them to “trespass” on private land.
Talk about a WEIRD way of saying thank you! Terrorised me!
Out of your family members, who are you closest to?
My sister Milly. It makes me cry that I don’t see her anywhere near as often as I wish to. We are separated by over two hundred miles. We shared a bedroom and I used to help her with her reading and settle her anxieties about school and life. She is five years younger than I am.
Milly is such a wonderful person, she always has been. I wrote a post about what a little treasure she was right from a young age:
What is something you’ll NEVER do again?
Where do I begin?…
- I will never flash my boss again. I accidentally exposed myself to a finance director: Buttons Are Not My Friends
- I will never develop a close friendship with a stranger on the internet. I stood outside a train station for almost three hours waiting to meet a man who had been sending me love-letters for a year….and he never showed up.
- I will never shout out from the audience at the theatre. Buttons dragged me up onto the stage during “Cinderella” at a theatre. I am sure that was not in his script – I blame my friends.
- I will never dive or jump from a height whilst wearing a bikini. The first time I dived off a boat, I lost my bikini briefs.Then I decided to jump of the boat instead of diving and lost my bikini top.
- I will never go to a park on my own late at night. The outcome of that decision, I will regret for the rest of my life.
I was so consumed with despair, I did not notice that daylight had fled completely and there was no longer anyone else in the park, until a stranger sat down on the bench besides me.
If you’d like, please share a photo or a comment about something good that’s happened recently! Thanks!
Good things everyday! Lots and lots. But there is one thing that is dominating everything recently!! I am going to Australia!!!
Today is the last and the eleventh day in a row of long long hours. I have been on fire this week! I can’t wait to get home and put my feet up. My legs have been aching because I have been on my feet for nine, ten, or one day I did twelve hours of hectic running round – and of course there were also two 15-hour Fridays. My achey legs need a good rest before my hike to Heathrow!